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China: Mine’s Faster

China: Yoink! I think I’ll just take that title of possessing the world’s fastest computer from you Americans.
USA: Fffffuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!

Yes, it’s happened. The Chinese have built a faster computer than the U.S. earning them bragging rights. I wonder how long it will take them to respond? Early numbers report that the Chinese supercomputer is approximately 30% faster than the previous number 1. Nvidia can be partly to blame for supplying over 7,000 graphics cards to aid in powering the computing beast. If you’re interested in upgrading your current video card this nVidia power monger will cost you $2,500 (and yes it does run Crysis, very well).

China has been creeping up the supercomputer rankings in recent years in a bid to boost national pride. Forget investing in your crumbling infrastructure, government corruption, and environmental pollution and start churning out those over sized foam hands with “We’re #1” printed on them. So what does one do with a 2.507 petaflop processing computer? Prepare for Cataclysm?

IBM & University of Toronto to create supercomputer

The University of Toronto and IBM Corp are building Canada’s most powerful supercomputer, a mammoth machine that will need its own building for storage and will be capable of performing 360 trillion calculations per second.

It’s expected the system will be among the top 20 fastest supercomputers in the world and the largest outside the United States. It will be able to store data equivalent to that held by one million regular DVDs.

The entire budget of the project, which includes construction and operating costs, is just under C$50 million ($47 million) over five years.

Its power is roughly equivalent to “30,000 to 40,000 home computers linked together,” said Chris Pratt, strategic initiatives executive at IBM Canada. (link)


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